Mays visited Purdue this weekend and said he would make a decision after the visit. Some thought the 6-foot-2 combo guard was a Purdue lean, but the Marion, Indiana native has decided on UK. As a graduate student with a year of eligibility remaining, he is eligible to play immediately.
Wright spent two years at North Carolina State before transferring to Wright State. He sat out a year, then averaged 14 points per game last season. During one six-game stretch, including a win over eventual conference champ Valparaiso, Mays averaged 21.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
He played through many injuries this year, as written about here by Dayton Daily News columnist Tom Archdeacon.
Mays, similar to the way since-graduated Vaughn Duggins did last season with a back fracture, takes playing hurt to the next level.
Every game, he wears a long black support sleeve on his left arm. That‘s from the mid-December night he bruised his elbow and whiplashed his neck — while also suffering a concussion — when he was upended and crashed hard to the court against Cincinnati.
He wore another long black brace on his lower left leg to help support a severely strained calf muscle he suffered in another spill against Valparaiso early this month.
Kentucky has already one pretty good guard from Marion, Indiana. That was James Blackmon, Sr., who played for Joe Hall and then Eddie Sutton in the mid-1980s.